This week is a very busy one as we all prepare for the Round-up festivities and all the activities that are scheduled. From the Barrel races and Texas Tune-up Music and Dance on Friday evening, to the Parade, races and Arts and Crafts fair on the Courthouse lawn on Saturday. And of course we can’t forget the Queen’s contest, the High School class reunions, family get-togethers, and then the Rodeo Saturday evening with a special dance following that and you have a particularly full weekend! Plan to attend all the events you can, and enjoy the exciting Rodeo events, the country sounds of some great bands, and all the fun of Round-up weekend on the Square in Mason. This is the 50th year for this grand event and it seems that each year is better than past events in some way, and it is always a fun way to enjoy small town hospitality and excitement.
The City workers have been busy the past few weeks doing some extra clean up around town to welcome the visitors this weekend. The grass has been trimmed, the streets cleaned up and even the yellow curbs and many of the fire hydrants around town are freshly painted! Last week the crews traveled around town on several different evenings to spray for mosquitoes, and this week on Thursday evening they will make a second run through the park and around the Square to be sure there are fewer of the pests to bother all of us as we enjoy the outdoor activities of Round-up. Also, if you have kids that would like to enjoy the City swimming pool for the next couple of weeks, because of personal reasons the scheduled swimming lessons at the pool have been canceled for the mornings, so the pool is open for regular swim every day, all day long. If you need more information, just call the City office and they can give you the exact schedule. The construction at the Waste Water Treatment plant is nearing completion, and that project is already showing some definite improvements and proving to be well worth the several months of disruption and extra work, and the many months of planning and dealing with the many details.
Another new project that the City Commission has approved and is getting underway is the addition of three more emergency storm sirens to be located around town away from the Square. These should be installed in the coming weeks, and with the newest design and construction methods they should easily provide many years of a loud warning siren whenever bad weather or some other emergency is occurring. With the overlap of the expected sound patterns, everyone in town and even the residents up to a half a mile outside of town should be able to easily hear and be warned of any issues that might affect them. We will let you know as soon as they are installed and fully functional, and will publish a notice in this paper when we get ready to test them for the first time.
Beyond these special projects and all of the regular work that our City employees handle so very well, here in the office we are working hard to iron out the details for our next fiscal year’s budget. Every summer is “budget time” and there are several weeks of calculating revenues and expenses and balancing the departments and capital needs so that we can present and accept a balanced budget representing all of the public funds we hold and use in trust for our citizens. Some “larger governmental groups” might be OK with spending more than they have and just printing or borrowing the balance, but the City of Mason will operate with a balanced budget and work hard to operate by spending less than we have in revenues every year as long as the current elected officials serve you! As we work on this year’s budget, now is the time that we set in motion the various plans and projects that continue to improve our community, and if you have an idea or suggestion be sure and let us know so that we can consider it and see if it fits with our plans and our budget.
This is a fun time to be in Mason with the special activities and the continuing improvements we see all over town, with new homes and businesses being built and changes all around. Working together we can keep on making Mason the best place to live and work, and this weekend I have no doubt that everyone who comes to Round-up will know that we are surely the best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent